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Hotel Gadsden PDF Print E-mail

 Cochise County boasts a number of wonderful scenic and historic sites and Douglas is no exception. Douglas is home to the Hotel Gadsden, one of the southwest’s most famous hotels, dating to 1907. After a devastating fire in 1918, the hotel was rebuilt and maintains the much of the same charm of the early days. The hotel features a magnificent marble columned lobby and a Tiffany stained glass window. To find out more, go to www.hotelgadsden.com.

Douglas is also home to other historic sites, stories and landmarks that define the southwest and northern Mexico.

 
The Grand Theatre PDF Print E-mail
 This majestic Beaux Arts-style theater was once considered the grand dame in the Southwest and played host to vaudeville acts and performances by the likes of Ginger Rogers, Al Jolson and the some of the period’s finest musicians and entertainers. Closed to the public in the late 1950s, the theatre has suffered significant damage, including a collapsed roof. Now, a painstaking renovation is in progress, with the goal of restoring the city’s gem to its former glory. Stand in front and imagine the glory days of vaudeville and film in this small town, which was once home to 13 movie theatres. Check out the photo gallery section for a few historic glimpses of the Grand Theatre.
 
Aviation History PDF Print E-mail
 Douglas boasts the first international airport in the U.S. During WWII, pilots were trained at the Bisbee/Douglas Airfield for future combat missions. Amelia Earhardt was one of many famous aviators to fly to Douglas during a cross-country trip. The city’s air museum houses a collection of aeronautical photos, a custom airplane and other aviation memorabilia.
 
San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge PDF Print E-mail

Gila Woodpecker Located 17 miles east of Douglas in a wide valley, the 2,309 acre ranch is now a wildlife refuge which includes a portion of the Yaqui River, which drains into northern Mexico. During the 1700’s, the Jesuit missionaries occupied the area. A land grant established in 1822 resulted in extensive cattle grazing activity for more than 10 years, until ranchers were driven out by the Apache Indians. Cavalry regiments left their mark during the early 1900’s, while protecting settlers against raids by Pancho Villa and his men. Today, the refuge is open to birdwatching, photography and hiking, as well as dove, quail and cottontail rabbit hunting in season.  More than 283 species are represented in the aquatic and riparian habitats of the San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge. 

San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge 

 
John Slaughter & San Bernardino Ranch PDF Print E-mail

Slaughter RanchIn 1887, John Slaughter purchased the ranch that is now known as the San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge. He re-established cattle ranching and farming and they continued until 1979. The ranch is now registered as a National Historic Landmark and provides a glimpse of turn-of-the-century life in the lush ranchland of Southern Arizona.

Slaughter Ranch  

 
Geronimo and Native American History PDF Print E-mail

Geronimo Geronimo was the leader of the last American Indian fighting force formally to surrender to the United States. Because he fought against such daunting odds and held out the longest, Geronimo became the most famous Apache of all. To the pioneers and settlers of Arizona and New Mexico, he was a bloody-handed murderer and this image endured until the second half of this century.

Follow the Geronimo trail and learn more about the history of Geronimo and the Apache Indians. 

 
Copper Mining and Douglas PDF Print E-mail
Calumet & Arizona SmelterFrom its early days until 1987, Douglas was linked inextricably to copper.
The city was once home to two copper smelter companies. An investment group provided the initial start up capital for the burgeoning city's needs, including electricity, telephone and water service. The Phelps Dodge company store building, which is no longer a mercantile, is still located on 10th & G Avenue and remnants of the its interior are still visible, including a great wooden staircase.
 
Mexico PDF Print E-mail

Mexico borderDouglas has long and culturally significant connections to the community of Agua Prieta, its southern neighbor. The city was established in 1899 during the initial development of the copper mining industry in the region. The region also became a hotbed for Mexican union activity and, of course, the Mexican revolution and its famous general, Pancho Villa, fought a significant battle against Mexican federales here in 1915.

What to do in Mexico?

Agua Prieta is a quiet, thriving city and is also a popular shopping destination for locals and visitors alike. Park in Douglas (see maps ) and stroll over. You may also cross by car. You are not required to show any identification to enter the city, but make sure you do have identification in order to re-enter the U.S. You will also be asked to declare your purchases and there are limits on the number of certain items you can bring back to the US (see our resources page).  TIP: If you are traveling with luggage, you may wish to park in the Douglas lot and walk or ride over in a shuttle. Re-entry into the US may take longer if Customs agents wish to inspect your belongings. There are nominal daily fees to park your automobile and ride the shuttle.

Call or visit our Visitor Center for more information.

Highlights :

Mexican tile

Saddlery and custom boot making are just a couple of the examples of the quality craftsmanship available on your shopping trip. Discover the finest curios, handmade jewelry, silver, pottery, woven blankets, home furnishings, tile works and other Mexican wares, plus several pharmacies (farmácias) without the typical street experience you might encounter in other typical Mexican border towns. And since Agua Prieta is not a typical tourist town, products are very competitively priced and bartering is less common.

Mexican foodOf course, a trip to Mexico wouldn’t be complete without a stop at one of the city’s "delicioso" restaurants featuring Mexican favorites, steaks and seafood and the area’s best bakeries and tortillerias.

Pesos vs. Dollars: Most merchants accept US currency. Check the currency exchange rate before you go and you’ll have a guide for prices on Mexican products and services, although many merchants mark their goods in US dollars.

 
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Did You Know?
Aimee Semple McPherson, the famous evangelist, appeared in the Douglas area in June 1926. She had been missing for over 30 days, claiming she had been kidnapped and tortured by unknown captors. Today, most people believe the event was a hoax or a publicity stunt. Camp Harry J Jones, a military camp located east of Douglas beginning in 1911 and was an important fixture of the community for more than 20 years. The camp extended nearly 15 city blocks to the US/Mexico border.
Historic Douglas

 Historic Douglas Take a tour through Douglas’ fascinating past from its early mining history to the later Maquiladores years. These are the places and faces that have made Douglas Arizona’s home town.

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